Grateful Dead Live at The Eureka Municipal Auditorium on 1968-01-20
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Dark Star cuts off sooner on some tapes in circulation. ****Need to verify if beginning of Clementine is clipped or not and the length of Dark Star - my DAT tape has it cut off early on, but a cassette I have goes on for a minute or two longer and then it cuts off too. Need to check if it is Feedback as I have it labeled or Space as per Gordon. DeadBase lists a Jam > before Clementine, but in the back they say Jam#, #Clementine and that the tape cuts in on an announcer saying "...crank it up, lay it down, Grateful Dead". Glenn Gillis says he has the jam and its more like 45 mins (I think the Jam was not on the GDH and tapes that trace back to it)****
shntool fix -o shn *shn run by tol 03-02-24, and a new md5-file generated.
- 2004-06-23 13:00:54
- Eureka, CA
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Julian (Jools) Elliott
Subject: Would be great,
Subject: 45 years ago: "I'll meet you some mornin', in the sweet by and by."
We jump right in the pudding on this one, no slow opening, straight into that Clementine! Miles Davis? Coltrane? No, this is a full frontal lobe assault to the cosmic senses, a wynde and unraveling of the many facets and layers of sequences and synapses not unlike any other, yet totally unique in their complete and utter cohesion. The movement, that swing. Perfection !
Then, pure Potato beauty!!!! "Last leaf fallen, bare earth where green was born" :) Wow like church this Sunday morn ! Bobby even tells us about Madonna, and the voices of the storm. Slowly, they gently puncture a membrane that defies holding back that which can't be seen. In visions the sun oozes up, and through broken windows, we're now 'out of the bottle' ! Fluid, they are somewhere beyond the rings of Saturn at the start of BCE, when someone double-checking the reserve fuel in the tank lets out that scream. Then that by and bye . . . . .and how they slingshot into a Spanish Jam that may be to me personally, the finest moments I've ever heard the Dead put down on record anywhere. At times it's like peeling away the paint from the walls !
I see other reviews below feel it as well, that 'orange skies and cotton candy' organ, someone else even writing "essential" ! I mean the whole band is so tight, marching with such purpose ! A determined moment in time, clawing their way deeper into the greater conciousness through a way too short pause of Caution. Then a jaw-dropping snap back against, injustice? War? Fierce !!!!! Seriously, turn that up and get down !! Passing an o too short astral belt on the keys nearing re-entry, we are trying to be pulled back past the stars early ! With one last wind-swept glance out the window, we finally fade out with a way too short but early Dark Star.
Raw, with so much to say and do, yet still filled with wonder. In early '68 the possibilities were still endless. There was a digesting of everything that had happened the summer before, yet prior to MLK & RFK and furthermore, 1969 Manson, Altamont and beyond.
My absolute, all-time favorite 33:30 of Dead ! 5***** 10,000 Thank you's !!
I prefer this mix/version. Everyone is so up front in the sound ! A++ Thanx Julian 'JJ' Jools !!
"Think I'll come back here again, every now and then from time to time".
Subject: Cool Stuff
The rest of the show is well played and the sound quality is quite nice.
Love the intro to dark star with phil and jer. Take a listen, never heard the intro played like that and kinda wish they would've fooled around like that more. Could be jerry foolin around, could've been wrong timing on jer's part. Either way, its little stuff like this that i love.
Subject: THE MUSIC
The Spanish jam i don't find nearly as good as 2/14/68, but it's still a smoldering version. Caution is just way too short, and the Dark Star goes nowhere.
But don't pass this one up, folks...not big on long jams but still oh so sweet...
Subject: cool stuff
I think the best clementine worth checking out is the 1/26/69 last version Avalon. Tom ads a very cool layer and the willingness to slow down permits deeper thought and better playing/mingling between jerry phil and bob, the pause and feedback portion after the first verse allows for a great transition up, almost unexpected. Spanish jam is cool too, but there are better span-jams in jan-february of 1970. Sure do love jerry's vocals in 68-69 he is in complete control. None the less these exploring jams are great.
Subject: Humboldt nation
Subject: Rarities, first Clementine, first Spanish Jam, and a FABULOUS show
This is the first Clementine. A real rarity, Deadbase records only 5 performances of the jazzy Clementine, which has the feel of John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things. Sung by Jerry, Phil Lesh wrote it with Robert Hunter. Lesh has said that Coltrane was one of his main influences. "The Coltrane Quartet and the long jams they would do in one chord was a defining factor for us..." (from Phil Lesh: Operating Principles, JamBase.com).
In a seemingly effortless transition, the jam changes time from 3/4 to 4/4 and slips into New Potato, a core part of Anthem but a rarity, performed only 26 times. Pigpen is in top form on keyboards here. Jerry’ delivers a spacious New Potato sound that is more deliberate than a lot of the 1967 performances.
This is only the second Born Cross Eyed, the first being 3 days earlier. It’s also a rarity, with only 14 performances. And it didn’t always follow New Potato, as it does on Anthem. The pair works well.
And, this is the first Spanish Jam, which arises out of a psychedelic transition from Born Cross-Eyed. This Spanish Jam>Caution is featured at the end the first disc of Grayfolded (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayfolded , which every Dark Star fan should own). It is difficult to find a better Spanish Jam.
Spanish Jam transitions into a short Caution (under 2 minutes worth), going into a repeated pre-Dark Star riff. The first disc of Grayfolded ends with this pre-DS riff.
There are four versions of this set here at Archive. The one with the longest fragment of Dark Star is at this link (though the audio quality is somewhat inferior to the others):
For a version with better audio quality, try this:
Subject: I love this show!
Five stars for Clementine alone
Subject: Review 2
Subject: I need a ......
Subject: TC didn't join the boys until Nov 68...
Although TC was around for the recording of "Anthem", he didn't join the boys until Nov 68...
On an aside, this has been a favorite tape of mine for years... I've never tracked down a CD copy but the tape still sees regular rotation... I love this show from begining to end...
Subject: that's it for me, other one...
Subject: NEED A COPY OR DOWNLOAD!
Subject: very, very nice
peace and love
Subject: Love the Early Dead, FREE DOWNLOADS FOR THE YOUNGANS!
This show definetly is worthy of my first review. I've only recently stumbled onto this site and its great. ive never heard too much of the Dead before 69 and the site gives me a great oppurtunity to experience the dead throughout the years. Before I mostly listened to 69-78 but now I know the music better before and after- something i probalby would not have done with later years (cds are expensive and im 18). but people my age is jsut another great reason why there should be free downloads. With so much other music, today and before, buying remastered cds of shows of the same band(although different each time)without the experience of being at a show is nonsense. Ive already helped them out way too much.
Subject: Wish I Was Around In Those Days...
This stuff just nourishes the soul.
Subject: oh yeah
Subject: Day late & Dollar short
Thanks for uploading this, to I.A. for having this site, to "the boys" for shows & so much more. And thanks to all of you for being the best people I ever met. Wow, Eureka Muni. and 1000's more;-)
Subject: Holy Freakin Crap
Clementine is so cool, I'd not heard Pig play this well before. I cant wait to check out the rest of this tour.
Subject: All you need....
Subject: Hi-End 1968'
Although only a short taste, A Top Shelf Performance of a "Dream Songlist"
A CRISP SOUND:BOARD RECORDING & AN
NEW POTATO CABOOSE -->
& BORN CROSS~EYED -->
AS WELL AS AN INSPIRED,
MALAGUENA OR; /SPANISH JAM --->
(Whatever ,Todays Heads Are Calling It)
CAUTION: JAM --->
Thank You For The Available Dowload, To All Invloved....
GET IT NOW, BEFORE IT GETS TAKEN DOWN AGAIN!!!!
Subject: So COOL!
4 for sound, 5 for show...rounds up to a 5.
Subject: top 10!
The sound quality, except for the usual analog hiss, is amazing for a show this old. Probably only a minute or so is missing from Clementine. And what a great version! Very nicely jammed, and also a song unfortunately dropped too soon. This semi-jazz style points the way to later Bird Songs and Playins in 1972 and 73.
A long and energetic version of Cross Eyed follows, then they tear the roof off with a no holes barred sequence of Caboose into Spanish Jam that may be the best I've heard for 1968. Will just absolutely melt your face. Both Phil and Pig's organ are well mixed and add to the incredible sound montage. You can almost SEE Jerry's tubes just glowing like fire as he burns his way through Spanish Jam. What a sound!
I think even after other 1968 shows become available, this one will always have to be regarded as one of the year's best. Oh, if it were only longer!!
Dr, Flashback :-)
Subject: Collector's Item
Subject: These Gems Dumped From Repertoire Far Too Soon.
Subject: Clementine fans.
Listen to the Other One from 4/26/72 (hundred year hall). Phil plays one of his parts of Clementine during the long Other One jam. I think it is about 15 or 20 minutes in. I think this is on other europe 72 performances also.
Subject: Another great great little snippet
Subject: awesome show
Subject: Great energy!
Subject: NW Tour